Wolves Acquire Dante Cunningham From Memphis

by Mark Remme
Web Editor

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has acquired forward Dante Cunningham from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for guard Wayne Ellington.

"Dante Cunningham is a versatile forward who brings a defensive presence and an efficient offensive game to our team," Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations said. "We thank Wayne for his three seasons with the Wolves and wish him the best in Memphis."

Cunningham, 25, was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft. In three seasons in the NBA, the 6-foot-8 forward has averaged 5.2 points, on 48.5 percent shooting, and 3.3 rebounds in 205 games (25 starts).

As a rookie with Portland in 2009-10, Cunnigham averaged 3.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 63 games. He started the 2010-11 season with Portland before being traded on Feb. 24, 2011, along with Joel Pryzbilla, Sean Marks and two future first round draft picks to the Charlotte Bobcats for Gerald Wallace.

For the season, Cunningham averaged 6.2 points and 3.6 rebounds. He signed with the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 20, 2011, and averaged 5.2 points, shooting a career-best 51.6 percent from the field this past season. Cunningham also pulled down a career-high 3.8 rebounds per game, including grabbing a career-high 14 boards vs. Minnesota on March 27, 2012.

Ellington spent three seasons with the Wolves, averaging 6.5 points and 1.9 rebounds in 189 games (13 starts). Minnesota drafted Ellington in the first round (28th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft.

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